To make this website work, we log user data. By using Shephard's online services, you agree to our Privacy Policy, including cookie policy.

Open menu Search

US Navy swing loads MH-60R Seahawk

22nd July 2016 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Navy has swing loaded an MH-60R Seahawk with both AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) in an operational area for the first time.

The swing load took place when the MH-60R of Helicopter Attack Squadron (HSM) 74 was transiting through the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.

Loading both AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and the APKWS II gives the Seahawk greater flexibility, adding a medium-range guided option to its weapons footprint and giving the MH-60R both the range and bulk of the Hellfire with the addition of the lighter and more numerous APKWS II. This means both small, close-range watercraft and farther, heavier targets can be effectively neutralised by one crew on one platform. 

The APKWS II is a laser-guided rocket similar to standard Hellfire missiles. The new system serves as a low-cost, high-accuracy variant to the Hellfire missiles previously used against lightly armoured targets.

Known as ‘Swamp Foxes’, the MH-60Rs of HSM 74 are the first squadron on the East Coast to have the software capable of supporting both weapons systems on one helicopter; and are the first to put their training and equipment to the test.

HSM-74 is assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3, embarked aboard USS EisenhowerUSS Eisenhower and its Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations. 

The Shephard News Team


The Shephard News Team

As part of our promise to deliver comprehensive coverage to Premium News and Defence Insight …

Read full bio

Share to